Originally written on BaySportsNet  |  Last updated 7/22/13
The Oakland A’s will open a three-game series in Houston against the Astros tonight at 5:10 PDT. Oakland has enjoyed playing its new division rivals in 2013, taking the first nine meetings between the two clubs. Houston, at 33-64 after Sunday’s loss, enters the series scuffling, having lost eight of their past ten games. They were swept over the weekend by the Seattle Mariners, and carry a five-game losing streak into Monday’s match up with Bob Melvin’s A’s. After Sunday’s loss, the Astros DFA’d first baseman/DH Carlos Pena and infielder Ronny Cedeno, so it seems likely that the team will make some roster adjustments prior to Monday’s game. The A’s, meanwhile, salvaged the last game of the weekend series against the Angels down in Anaheim thanks to Bartolo Colon’s complete game shutout. The A’s sit atop the A.L. West at 57-41, protecting a three-game lead over the Texas Rangers (who were swept at home by the Baltimore Orioles). Bob Melvin and his team are 6-4 in their past ten games...
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